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Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone joined faith leaders from around the world in Rome in November at a global gathering that affirmed the vitality of marriage across religious, economic and cultural lines and boosted confidence in the fight to protect the institution from ...

It could be the scene of an ordinary school day anywhere. Just a few days before ...


When he approached Dominican Father Michael Hurley, pastor of St. Dominic Church, this summer to help strengthen his resolve in returning to the church, D.L., a new 46-year-old parishioner asked him for spiritual direction and help managing his obsessive-compulsive disorder ...

Helene lives in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael in Marin County. When she started the fifth grade last year, she was struggling with reading comprehension and completing her homework. She lacked confidence in her abilities and her parents were not able to help her due to ...


Class discussions sparked by the archdiocesan Respect Life Essay Contest led a group of St. Matthew sixth and seventh graders to create “baby shower baskets” for pregnant women in difficult pregnancies.

PHILADELPHIA – Americans must treat all those in this country illegally “with the mercy and justice we expect for ourselves,” said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

VATICAN CITY – A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply ...

VATICAN CITY – The apostolic visitation of U.S. communities of religious women, though initially met with some resistance, ended up promoting a greater sense of unity in the church and helped the women become more aware of how God is working in their lives, said the ...

WASHINGTON – During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.

About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into ...

We are all familiar with the biblical story of the Visitation. It happens at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel. Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth, both pregnant, meet. One is carrying Jesus and the other is carrying John the Baptist.

Marin Catholic High School’s gymnasium was converted to a sanctuary on Friday, Dec. 12 for its annual all-school Advent Mass and to honor the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
For many Americans the Christmas season now seems to begin shortly after Labor Day and ends around 10 a.m. Dec. 25, or just after the last present is opened and placed in the “to be exchanged” pile.
For many people, it grates us at this time of the year when we hear others greet us with “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas.” While there does seem to be a secularizing philosophy behind this, on the other hand, there is some sound reason ...

NEW YORK – Time was when the biblical extravaganza was a Hollywood staple.





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